Maumelle: City Council report

The Maumelle City Council meeting began this week on Monday with a financial report on how the city ended 2021.  For the year ending Dec 31, 2021, the city’s revenues exceeded expenses by $1.6 million which gives the city’s general fund a balance of $4.2 million.  

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Finance Director Liz Mathis also reported the 2018 audit has been completed and copies of the audit were distributed to the council.  A formal presentation will be made to the council at the next meeting.  Mathis also informed us that the auditors will be on-site in the coming weeks to begin the 2019 audit.  In the coming months, the city will bid out the 2020-2022 audits and select a vendor.  The goal for the finance department is to complete the 2019 audit soon and then complete the 2020 audit by June 30. At that point, they’ll move right into the 2021 audit during the second half of this year.  Great progress has been made to get the city back on track with our audits and because of all the hard work by our finance department we will be able to catch up and have all audits completed this year.

Moving to old business, the O’Reilly Senior Living project was back for its second reading this week and it will be voted on at the last meeting in February.  There was limited discussion about this project during the council meeting, but the applicants did take some time to answer questions about economic growth that happens around their communities.  Typically, residents in these senior living centers have dollars to spend, so they add economic value to the surrounding area.  I supported this project the first time, and I continue to feel this will be of great value to our city and is a housing option that is needed for those that want to age in place and continue to live in Maumelle.

In other old business, we had the second reading of the city’s new map for ward redistricting.  This is a process the city goes through after the completion of each census where we rebalance the population within our wards.  There was no discussion on this and it will be voted on at the next meeting.

In new business, the council appointed Craig Johnson and Pat Landes to four-year terms on the Planning Commission.  Johnson has served on the Planning Commission for many years and his service and expertise is greatly appreciated.  Landes is a new appointee and will bring a wealth of planning and development knowledge and will be a great addition to the commission.

The council had the first reading of an ordinance that would provide for a new grading permit in the city.  Simply put, this will help streamline the process when development is taking place and allow site preparation to begin prior to a building permit being issued.  There are also components for tree protection and replanting that will be required.

The council approved a townhome project that will be in front of the Country Club of Arkansas on the right side of the entrance to the golf course.  This project will consist of 29 lots that will be individually owned.  These will be three bedroom, two bath  townhomes with a two-car garage, upstairs balcony, and downstairs patio.  One of the unique features of this property is that property owners will have no lawn to maintain, and all green space will be part of the common areas and maintained by the property owner’s association.  I expect this will be a popular addition to the community for individuals who do not want to maintain a yard and/or live close to the golf course.  I’ve attached pictures of the front of these units as well as the 1st and 2nd floor plans and they’re below.

Lastly, the council approved a resolution allowing the city to participate in the settlement regarding the nationwide class action opioid legislation.

During Mayor’s comments, Mayor Caleb Norris informed us that Crystal Hill Road construction is progressing and has a completion date of June 10.  This could change based on weather, but that is the targeted completion date for now.

Due to President’s Day on Feb. 21, the next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

  • Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!  Thanks, Chad, 501-529-1336, chad4maumalle@gmail.com